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Suburban Hennepin County libraries will be open their usual hours on Monday, Jan. 21, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.  All libraries in Minneapolis are closed on Mondays.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy of non-violent civil rights activism is being celebrated at free programs and activities this month at suburban Hennepin County libraries.
Receptions for children who entered the "What's Your Dream? Diversity Writing and Art Contest" are scheduled at the Brookdale and Oxboro libraries.  Actor and vocalist T. Mychael Rambo will perform the words of Dr. King at the Oxboro Library.  Traditional African folktales will be presented for families at the Southdale and Excelsior libraries.  Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech will be shown on the hour every hour on Jan. 21 at the Brookdale Library.  Finally, the Edina Library is joining other community organizations in sponsoring a community-wide film and discussion program on Darfur.
What's Your Dream? Diversity Writing and Art Contest
Brookdale Library
Contest ends Jan. 15.  Reception on Monday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. 
For kids in Kindergarten-grade 8. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. What's yours? Write a poem, essay, short story or create a work of art about diversity. Entry forms are available online or at the Children's Information Desk. Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 15. Winners announced at Monday, Jan. 21 reception. Questions? Call 952-847-5610.
The contest ends today at six other libraries.  
Dreams Unfurled
Southdale Library
Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m.
Jerry Blue, experienced Twin Cities storyteller, will inspire you to follow your dreams with stories related to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (an accomplished storyteller himself) and African folktales that focus on families, cooperation and children helping to save the day. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southdale Library.

Keeping the Dream Alive
Oxboro Library
Saturday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m.
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Actor, vocalist and educator T. Mychael Rambo presents "Keeping the Dream Alive," honoring, with words and music, the man who moved a nation and continues to inspire. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oxboro Library.
What's Your Dream? Diversity Writing and Art Contest Reception
Oxboro Library
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2:30 p.m.
For kids in Kindergarten-grade 8.Winners of the "What's Your Dream" Diversity Writing and Art Contest" will be announced. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Oxboro Library.

 I Have a Dream
Brookdale Library
Monday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Watch Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech showing in the StarDome Room, every hour on the hour. Join the reception at 7 p.m. to honor the winners of the What's Your Dream? Diversity Writing and Art Contest.
African Folktales
Excelsior Library
Monday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m.
For kids in grade 1 and up. Brother John Anderson showcases timeless African values through story, rhythm and music. Listen to the djembe, nicknamed the healing drum, and also known as the world's first telephone. Sponsored by the Friends of the Excelsior Library. 
Church of St. Patrick Mahon Center, Edina
Monday, Jan. 21, 7-9:30 p.m.
There will be a special community-wide event on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, from 7-9:30 p.m., Monday, January 21 at the Church of St. Patrick Mahon Center, 6820 St. Patrick's Lane, Edina. U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle will introduce his film "The Devil Came on Horseback," which describes his experience in Darfur, Sudan. Discussion will follow on what individuals can do to stop the genocide and support the survivors of the ethnic cleansing taking place in Darfur.

A partial list of program sponsors includes:
Edina Community Foundation 
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota
United Nations Association of Minnesota
Minnesota Interfaith Darfur Coalition
Center for Victims of Torture
Minnesota Interfaith Darfur Coalition
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Rotary Club of Edina
Edina Human Rights and Relations Commission
Edina Library
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